Born: 18th July 1961, Wimbledon
Playing career: Whyteleafe, Epsom & Ewell, Corinthian Casuals, Dulwich Hamlet, Yeovil, Crystal Palace, Charlton, Tottenham Hotspur (loan), Barnet, Reading
Alan Pardew replaced Chris Hughton as Newcastle manager in December 2010 and made the best possible start, as United beat Liverpool 3-1 at home in his first game in charge.
Having started out in non-league, Pardew moved to Crystal Palace in 1987 and played well over 100 league games there, as well as playing in an FA Cup final. He moved onto Charlton and had a loan spell at Spurs, before ending his career with Barnet and Reading.
The latter was where his managerial career began, and after guiding The Royals to promotion into Division One and narrowly missing out on the Premier League via the play-offs, he was appointed manager of West Ham. He led them into the top flight and took them to within a whisker of winning the 2006 FA Cup final, before Liverpool prevailed on penalties following an epic match.
His career took him onto Charlton and Southampton before The Magpies came calling, and he signed a five-year contract at St. James' Park.
Having led Newcastle to a fifth-placed Premier League finish at the end of the 2011/12 season, Pardew was named Premier League Manager of the Season and LMA Manager of the Year.